Maryland Legal Aid announces the availability of a full-time staff attorney position to focus on medical-legal partnerships. This position is part of the Community Lawyering Initiative and, while based in Maryland Legal Aid’s Baltimore City office, will serve clients at healthcare facilities statewide. Maryland Legal Aid has been awarded a one-year grant to provide legal services to participants of medical programs in Maryland. The project attorney will conduct on-site “legal check-ups” of clients at health-care facilities, file petitions to expunge criminal records where appropriate, address other civil legal needs of participants, and develop expertise in child support, housing and other substantive matters that impact patient and community health.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Screen potential clients for eligibility and make referrals, as appropriate;
Conduct preliminary and follow-up interviews with participants and administer “legal check-ups” to comprehensively assess participants’ need for civil legal services;
Conduct factual investigations, analysis, and legal research for pending client matters, and based on those findings, advise clients about their options;
Prepare legal documents, including, but not limited to, correspondence, pleadings, motions, discovery, memoranda of law, briefs, and other legal documents;
Prepare cases and represent clients in negotiations, hearings, trials, and appeals;
Work closely with non-profit organizations, community groups, and other legal providers to conduct trainings and community outreach and education, and to support appropriate strategies that benefit the target populations;
Support Maryland Legal Aid’s Community Lawyering Initiative by assisting with expungement clinics and other programming as feasible.
Conduct “Know Your Rights” legal information sessions with clients and participants;
Work with pro bono attorneys, students, and volunteers; and
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Admission to Maryland Bar or another state bar and eligibility and willingness to apply for admission to the Maryland Bar at the earliest opportunity. Two years or more of legal experience preferred.
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